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Boko Haram killed 4 000 in 2014 - UK

12 March 2015, 16:05Okoro Chinedu

Abuja - The United Kingdom estimates that attacks the Boko Haram carried out claimed the lives of 4 000 people in Nigeria in 2014.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office  estimated that 900 people were kidnapped.

This included the abduction of more 270 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno State on 14 April. Efforts to rescue the girls have been fruitless.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the United Nations estimates that over 1,5 million people have been displaced, and at least 3 million have been affected by the insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

Also read: 'Boko Haram cannot defeat the military'

The Office, in its Case Study on Nigeria, released on Thursday, said in 2014, there were increased reports of attacks by Boko Haram and counter-attacks by Nigerian armed forces in towns and villages across north-east Nigeria.

Much of the violence has been concentrated in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States but there have also been serious terrorist attacks outside these states, such as in Abuja, Jos, Kaduna, and Kano, leading to the death and injury of civilians. Serious human rights abuses perpetrated by Boko Haram include the bombing of public places and religious buildings, the abduction of women and children, the execution of those suspected of aiding the authorities, and fatal attacks on schools and colleges.

A Human Rights Watch report in October highlighted Boko Haram’s violence against women and girls in north-east Nigeria, including sexual violence and forced marriage.

- CAJ News


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